Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype is slowly starting to take shape. The next step for integration into Microsoft’s services is here — and now you can make Skype video calls straight from your Outlook.com inbox.
The company officially announced that they are rolling out a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com, starting today with the UK. In the coming weeks, users in the US should get this functionality and the company hopes that in a couple of months, Skype will be available from every Outlook.com inbox.
To get Skype working on your Outlook.com, you’ll need to download a plugin that’s available for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. After that, all that’s left is for you to connect your Skype account to Outlook.com using your Microsoft account. If you’d like slightly more visual instructions on how to use Skype on Outlook.com, Microsoft has conveniently provided this little walkthrough video:
Skype for Outlook.com will be available worldwide this Summer. What do you think of Skype for Outlook.com? Let us know in the comments! 
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